Run up the Rocky steps to check out Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 5-8:45 p.m. You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery. While you’re there, check out the neighborhoods around the museum.
The days are long and the list of things to do this summer is even longer! Below is our boiled down list of what to check out this week.
Monday, July 17 to Sunday, July 23
University City Dining Days — Participating restaurants offer a pre-fixe three-course dinner special for $15, $25 or $35. You can dine at a new location every night of the event, or as a tour of the globe without leaving a single neighborhood.
Tuesday, July 18
Campus Philly’s My Philly Summer Party — Philly’s largest intern party is happening on the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rooftop Terrace. Update: this event is SOLD OUT!
Taco Tuesday at PHS Pop Up Garden University City — Cafe Ynez tacos are 3 for $8 and $5 – Frozen Camenera Mango Margarita! (21+). Yummmm.
Wednesday, July 19
Louis Bluver Outdoor Movies: Friday at FringeArts — free outdoor movie experience underneath the Ben Franklin Bridge!
Navy Yard Al Fresco — enjoy pay-as-you-go food and drinks, live music, lawn games, and local vendors at the Navy Yard’s award-winning park, Central Green!
Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art — the name says it all! You can tour the galleries and participate in activities like yoga in the gallery.
Thursday, July 20
Schuylkill Banks Movie Series: Finding Dory — Movie starts at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm on July 20). Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner.
Old City Eats — Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the return of Old City Eats! From 5:00pm to 8:00pm, thirty participating restaurants and bars will offer at least one half-priced appetizer
From day trip to a long road trip, cruise through summer with our buds at Zipcar! When you plan a trip with them, you’re getting more than a set of wheels, you get deals like:
— For the month of July flash your zipcard at any United By Blue store to receive a free coffee
— $10 in driving credit for the month of July: CAMPUSPHILLY7 (expires 7/15/17)
With your Zipcard (no keys needed!) in hand, gather your friends and set off on an adventure! Here are our suggestions on where to go this month.
— Head to Medford, NJ to cool off at the Flying W Airplane Pool! As you’re lounging poolside, watch planes take off into the summer sky.
— Catch an outdoor show at the scenic Mann Center.
— While you’re near Fairmount Park, soak up the serenity of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.
— Do you love a good flea market? Drive up to Golden Nugget Antique Flea Market in Lambertville! Pro-tip: Get there early to get the good stuff.
— Perhaps Jersey Shore journey is in your future. Here are “25 essential summer must-do’s: Your Jersey Shore bucket list.”
— We don’t know about you, but all we want to eat in the summer is fresh fruits and veggies. Plan to pick up your summer bounty on Saturday at Phoenixville Farmers’ Market.
— Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, there’s an illuminated fountain show at the beautiful Longwood Gardens. More than 1,700 fountain jets create soaring water in all shapes, sizes, and heights, and infinite color combinations!
When you reserve with Zipcar, you get great deals and give back too! This month, if you reserve a Ford Focus Hatchback “Vendetta Ave” and Zipcar gives a $1 back to Mural Arts for each hour driven. Zipcar worked with high school students in their Art Education to design a moving mural. The moving mural will be wrapped on the vehicle until July 31, 2017. Pretty cool, right?
When you’re the birthplace of America, you have to bring the party on your birthday! We have lot of years –241, to be exact– to celebrate and events all around the city to do just that. Below are our weekly picks plus Fourth of July festivities.
Pay a visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art at visit on Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday.
After you gallery gaze, star gaze while watching a free outdoor movie screening of E.T. the Extraterrestrial at FringeArts.
21+’ers can cool off with a cold one at any of these outdoor beer gardens.
Meet us on the National Constitution Center’s lawn to celebrate the 25th annual Wawa Hoagie Day happening this Thursday, June 29 from 12 to 2 p.m. Enjoy a 6-ton hoagie salute, free Wawa hoagies, a hoagie building competition between police and firefighters and more!
Start your day with hoagies and end it with Old City Eats! Every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., thirty Old City restaurants and bars will be offering great food deals.
F is for Friday and FREE! Enjoy free admission to the Penn Museum and Eastern State Penitentiary. Catch a free concert and fireworks at the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free Neighborhood Concert Series. Speaking of fireworks, be sure to take advantage of all the festivities to celebrate America’s birthday in America’s birthplace!
On Saturday, head to 40th and Walnut for a special Independence Day Weekend edition of Philly’s favorite street food festival, Night Market, brought to you by The Food Trust and Wawa Welcome America.
And the cherry on top? Watching a free screening of Rocky at the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps on Sunday night.
We have a feeling the Fresh Prince of Philly’s classic “Summertime” was inspired by the best time of year in the City of Brotherly Love! So now that summer, summer, summertime is officially here, cue up that throwback on your Spotify and make plans to check out one or all of the events we’ve handpicked for you.
— Get your barbecue on at Dilworth Park from June 21-25 during their All-American BBQ series.
— Pack your 4.99 Wawa Hoagiefest hoagie, a blanket and invite your friends to one of these FREE outdoor movies! If you want movie AND music, there’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra at The Mann Center this Saturday.
— Jam out to good tunes at the Penn Museum, as they celebrate their eighth annual Summer Nights Concert Series! Concerts are presented every Wednesday evening, June 21 through September 6, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. And don’t stop there! Keep jamming into Thursday, June 22 at Spruce Street Harbor Park’s Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series.
— 21+! Grab beer with your buds at one of these outdoor beer gardens.
— Ride a Ferris Wheel, hop on a carousel, lace up your skates or get a hole in one at Friday’s grand opening of The Midway at the Blue Cross RiverRink’s SummerFest. After, head over to Philadelphia Magic Gardens for live music and crafting at Twilight in the Gardens.
— Stroll around Main Street Manayunk on Saturday and Sunday during the Manayunk Arts Festival.
Our weekly list has a little something for all the film, food and literature buffs out there! Check ’em out below.
Your many chances to catch an outdoor movie are listed in Thrillist’s “Every Outdoor Movie Screening in Philly This Summer.” On Wednesday, June 14 see Dazed and Confused at La Peg at FringeArts and on Thursday, June 15, Movie Night at Schuylkill Banks: Young Frankenstein.
Take a stroll around the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Thursday, June 15! Walk the avenue for $1 bargains and favorite neighborhood food from signature restaurants.
21+’ers can cool off with a cold one at any of these outdoor beer gardens.
On Thursday, June 15, kick-off Old City Eats— every Thursday from June 15-August 31– with a free block party.
Join the Rosenbach on beautiful Delancey Place for the their annual (and free!) Bloomsday celebration on June 16, the day the world celebrates Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s epic Ulysses.
Get yourself to Franklin Square before the lights go out on the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival on Sunday, June 18!
Memorial Day weekend is always full of outdoor activities. Luckily, Philly has an outdoor hangout spot for every interest! Below find out where to catch an outdoor movie, free live music, Memorial Day weekend fireworks and more.
Al fresco cinema: On Thursday, May 25, “Sister Act” will be playing outside on the big screen at Movie Night at The Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties.
Riverfront activities: Celebrate opening Day of Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest on Friday, May 26. Spend your Sunday at Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day, then end your day with Memorial Day fireworks by the water.
Music at The Mann: Philly POPS presents the second annual Comcast NBCUniversal Memorial Salute at the Mann, a community concert honoring the American tradition of service on Saturday, May 27 at 7pm during Memorial Day weekend. In celebration of those who serve, all tickets to the concert will be provided free of charge.
Bright lights at night: Prepare to be enchanted at the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square happening now until June 11, or make your way to Spruce Street Harbor Park for an illuminated hammock hang.
We encourage our interns to explore different ways of presenting Philadelphia exploration to other students. Our multimedia intern, Haley Monson from UArts’ Animation program created the “Campus Philly Creatures series,” which brings Philly staples to life.
In our first installment, meet Dolly Donut, Pam Pretzel and Wanda Water-Ice as they talk about their favorite Philly treats.
Center City Pretzel Company at 816 Washington Ave.
John’s Water Ice at 701 Christian St.
Beiler’s at Reading Terminal Market
Federal Donuts in Pennsport, Center City and Northern Liberties.
Stay tuned for more creatures! We will be releasing a new one every Thursday. And if you think you have what it takes to be a Campus Philly intern, create your free profile on our Launch site and check back for fall internship opportunities.
With arms wide open, we’re welcoming the warm weather and all that comes with a summer in Philly, like all the awesome events. Speaking of open, becoming an Open Arts member is the key to unlocking the city’s arts and culture scene. To join, use promo code: social1617. As a member, you’ll get to see tons of cool stuff for almost half the price or FREE!
Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
5 to 9 p.m. | 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | FREE for Open Arts members
Relax. Refresh. Be inspired. Enjoy Pay What You Wish admission to the main building every
Wednesday from 5:00 to 8:45 pm. Gallery Tours 6:00-7:00 pm Join a guide and take a stroll through the galleries to learn about art and the people who created it. Yoga 6:00 – 7:00 pm Get centered with Dhyana Yoga.
Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles
Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. | Wagner Free Institute of Science, 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue | Free for Open Arts members
Williams was a “cutter of profiles”—meaning he created cut silhouette portraits that Peale Museum visitors could take away as souvenirs. Join Dr. Gwendolyn Shaw, Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, to explore the life and work of Mr. Williams, and how his story illuminates hidden narratives about race, identity, and art in the age of Peale’s museum.
The Museum as Muse
Thursday, May 18 | Philadelphia Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street | $20 for Open Arts members
Artists of all levels can drop in to draw, paint, or photograph in PMG’s unique environment. Take advantage of an instructor offering tips and critiques as well as nude figure models posing amongst the mosaics. Bring your easel or tripod and capture PMG in a rare private setting.
Secret Show: MR Stine at the Painted Bride Art Center
Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. | 230 Vine Street | $10 for Open Arts members
Every 4th Monday of the month, Secret Show invites emerging and esteemed local artists to take over the Painted Bride to produce the hour-long artistic experience of their dreams. The catch? You can’t know any details about the show until the lights go down and the curtain rises!
Whether you’ve just closed the book on a great school year or you’re taking a breather between spring and summer sessions, now is the time to treat yourself to some Philly fun! Here are our upcoming events picks for you.
Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
Tuesday, May 9 through Sunday, June 11 starting at 6 p.m. daily | Franklin
Square, 200 6th St.
Franklin Square is magically lit up with 29 handcrafted lanterns, including a 200-foot Chinese dragon constructed by lantern artisans from China! Get a pic with illuminated sea creatures, lions, pandas and more.
Beer Gardens! When warm weather comes, Philly beer gardens emerge and blossom into must-hang spots. Check out our beer garden picks for the 21+ crowd. This Thursday, May 18, we’ll be heading to Brews & Views: Spring Rooftop Mini Series at the Free Library!
Spruce Street Harbor Park
May 12 to October 1 | Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street
IMO, this is the ultimate chill spot. At Spruce St. Harbor Park, you can swing from the hammocks, lounge in the Adirondack chairs, stroll the boardwalk lined with delicious local treats, catch an outdoor movie, have a drink on the floating bar.
Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival
Saturday, May 20 | Trenton Avenue from Norris to Dauphin
Just as wacky, artsy, and Kensington as ever, the “best day in the neighborhood” is now known as the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby & Arts Festival. Join them for over 200 local arts and food vendors, alongside a parade of human-powered sculptural floats.
9th Street Italian Market Festival
Saturday, May 20 to Sunday, May 21 | 9th Street & Washington Avenue
The Italian Market is always buzzing with energy and full of great food. Multiply that by 100 and add a greased pole and you have the Italian Market Festival.
40th St. Summer Series: Sun Ra Arkestra
Saturday, May 20 | 40th & Walnut Streets
This free outdoor series features internationally-recognized talent in one of “West Philly’s picturesque open green spaces” (Philadelphia Weekly.)
Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
Saturday, May 20 | 18th & Walnut Streets
Take to the streets-literally, this is the only time Walnut St. is blocked off to vehicular traffic- for a day of strolling around the Rittenhouse’s most popular festival.
Free Yoga on Race St. Pier
Monday-Sunday, times vary
Now that class is over, head to a different kind of class– yoga class! It’s not your everyday yoga either, it’s yoga with a beautiful view of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest
Stay tuned! Returns in May | 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
This seasonal park will offers rollerskating and a summer playground for all ages!
Night Market Philadelphia
Spruce Hill on Thursday, June 29
Roxborough on Thursday, August 10
Italian Market on Thursday, October 5
Come hungry! The Food Trust throws this awesome (and very popular) festival which brings Philly’s amazing food options– from food trucks to local restaurants–to the streets and sidewalks.